KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, July 14, 2014
Only one draw this weekend in Major League Soccer league play, with several national team players in action. Here is a recap of the action:
DC United kept their lead atop the table with a 2-1 road win against the San Jose Earthquakes. Forward Eddie Johnson had a strong game, including a goal from the penalty spot. Luis Silva tallied the second for United, who have now won three consecutive road games. Chris Wondolowski added his sixth of the season for the Quakes, who are currently sitting in last place in the Western Conference.
Six goals were scored in a 3-3 thriller between the Colorado Rapids and the Philadelphia Union. The Union went up 3-1 in the 74th minute when Andrew Wenger slotted the ball home off of a cross from Amobi Okugo. The Rapids rallied back, with forward Deshorn Brown netting the equalizer in 86th minute.
Thierry Henry recorded a hat trick of assists and added a goal as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Columbus Crew 4-1 at Red Bull Arena. Henry tallied his goal in the 45th minute, while American Eric Alexander finished his chance in the 90th minute.
Midfielder Brad Davis netted two, but Houston fell 4-2 to Toronto FC. The Reds were powered by Jermain Defoe's two goals as they overcame an early 2-0 deficit to the tail-spinning Dynamo. Forward Giles Barnes found Davis in yards of space on the left hand side of the box, and Davis slotted the ball past Joe Bendik. Davis would again beat Bendik from the same side in the 30th minute.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer recorded two goals, and Sporting KC defeated the Montreal Impact 2-1 at Stade Saputo in Montreal. A mistake from the Montreal defense in the 89th minute let Dwyer curl the ball into the open net. American defender Matt Besler tallied an assist on Dwyer's first goal, delivering a ball from deep to set up the Englishman.
Chicago Fire keeper Sean Johnson recorded seven saves, including a penalty kick, as the Fire held on to beat the New England Revolution 1-0. An early goal from Quincy Amarikwa was the difference, but Johnson denied Chris Tierney at the death to give the Fire the three points.
A late winner from Cubo Torres kept Chivas USA in red hot form, knocking off the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1. Argentine midfielder Mauro Rosales recorded three assists in the victory.
Gyassi Zardes scored in the 1st half, and the LA Galaxy held on to beat Real Salt Lake 1-0, despite RSL keeper Nick Rimando recording a penalty kick save late. Zardes' shot in the 21st minute ricocheted off the far post and past a diving Rimando for the only goal of the game.
Clint Dempsey got on the board, and the Seattle Sounders downed the Portland Timbers 2-0 in another edition of the Cascadia rivalry. Dempsey tapped home a goal in the 71st minute after narrowly missing a similar attempt earlier in the match. Fullback DeAndre Yedlin went the full 90 for the Sounders as well